“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today’s guest combines killer pop chops with stylish bobby socks. Last weekend she was singing at Glastonbury and this Monday she launched her new album, the case-defying “mR hYDE’s wILD rIDE” on the inestimably cool garage label Damaged Goods, it’s the ex-pat American to be anglophiled under catCHy – PINEY GIR


With her heavenly pop songs to make you go hmm and grr, it’s surprising our paths haven’t crossed before, but they nearly have. Piney played Whitechapel Gallery as part of their Friday night live sessions a week before one of our Velvet Sheep garage nights, and with her name in my mind, I’ve kept an eye and ear on her ever since.

She was born in the American mid-west but has made Britain her home for the last ten years, swapping snake charming pentecostal churches and prairies for festooned bunting and indie pop crooning. She’s managed to musically blend her inner Dorothy from Kansas with Talulah Gosh and Sarah Records, a truly transatlantic and beguiling blend.

I was intrigued to see what Piney would choose as her “song for ewe” and she didn’t disappoint.

Over to Piney:

“Right now I’m listening to “Kinski Assasin” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.  

Ariel’s voice is crooning and there’s an air of the 60’s about this song, yet it’s modern… so it has this sort-of timeless quality to it.  

This song reminds me of driving through LA on a hot night, standing in line at the taco truck, drinking margaritas on rooftop bars.  

It’s evocative, I love the lyrics… are they poetic or are they nonsense?  With lyrics like this it can mean whatever you want it to mean.  It engages the listener to interpret and interact, I love that.  

I remember dancing like a loon to this song around my boyfriend’s parents house on Boxing Day last year.  I’m fairly sure they thought I was mad.  I’m fine with that.”


Piney’s new album is available here now at Damaged Goods records.